Playing It Cool

2015 R 1h 35m DVD

Playing It Cool

2015 R 1h 35m DVD
  • Overview
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Under pressure to produce a romantic comedy rather than action tales, a young screenwriter is hindered by his disdain for the very concept of love -- until he meets a beautiful woman who's engaged and unavailable.
Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Topher Grace, Ioan Gruffudd, Aubrey Plaza, Martin Starr, Philip Baker Hall, Luke Wilson, Anthony Mackie
Justin Reardon
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Playing It Cool is a romantic comedy that tries to deconstruct the romcom genre. It doesn't quite succeed, but the likable cast -- including Chris Evans (Captain America) and Aubrey Plaza -- will be a draw for many teens. Sex is a big issue; there's no graphic nudity, but characters frequently jump into bed with one another, cheating on significant others. There are also plenty of risque sexual situations (including implied oral sex) and lots of innuendo and sex-related humor. Language is likewise heavy, with uses of "s--t," "f--k," "p---y," and more. Characters drink a lot, getting falling-down drunk in some scenes; it's all played for humor and is pretty consequence-free. One character smokes cigarettes regularly. There are a few brief fights and punches, mostly intended to be funny, as well as some other brief, mild, violent imagery.

Sexual Content

Main characters have sex. A man receives oral sex in his car. Lots of kissing and foreplay. Brief shot of sex in a bed (under the covers). Characters cheat on their significant others. Seductive babysitter dances. Heavy, frequent sexual innuendo and humor. No graphic nudity.


Punching, fist fights. Brief flashbacks with violent undertones. Death is discussed. A supporting character dies. Dead body in a swimming pool. Character hit with a shovel. Someone uses the word "rape."


Frequent language includes "s--t," "f--k," "p---y," "ass," "bitch," "balls," "d--k," "penis," "blow job," "orgy," "hell," and "Jesus" (as an exclamation). Middle finger gesture.

Social Behavior

Main themes are about opening yourself up to the idea of love and that grasping for safety isn't healthy -- and neither is rejecting love when it comes.


Captain Crunch cereal plays a part in the plot.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Fairly frequent drinking, sometimes to the point of staggering drunkenness. Heavy cigarette smoking. All played mostly for humor.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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